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Duluth's Korey Dropkin Launches KD's Club, a Virtual Curling Program

Updated: July 13, 2020 10:32 PM

Korey Dropkin started curling at the age of five. The East Coast transplant learned quickly that Minnesota was a hub for some of the best curlers in the world.

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At a time when the pandemic has halted play across the country, Dropkin created KD's Club. It's a virtual program designed to help youth athletes maintain their love of the sport. 

"I've worked with juniors for quite a few years now, especially the last couple of years. It's just been really cool to kind of see them transform especially when they have some success," said Dropkin. He added, "it's fun to watch them building a passion for curling."

KD's Club is set to begin in August.

It will offer a six week program with a weekly Zoom meeting featuring three divisions. The divisions include the Denver area, Grand National Curling Club (GRCC) region, and the final is open to any U.S. junior curlers.

The program plans to focus on dry land training.

Dropkin was on three U.S. Junior National Championship teams and took silver at the World Junior Championships in 2016. His next goal is to win gold at the Olympics.

"I moved to Duluth, Minnesota seven years ago basically chasing my dream of winning the Olympics. I just knew Minnesota was my place because all of the top curlers in the country have come out of Duluth, Bemidji, just in general the Minnesota area. In order to be the best you have to mix yourself in with the best, so that's kind of been my approach," said Dropkin.

Throughout the program Dropkin also plans to bring in professional curlers from around the globe each week.

The cost to enroll in each program is $99. Registration is already open and closes July 31st for the Denver and GRCC divisions, and August 7th for the Open division. 

For more information on KD's Club, click here.

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